How to Make Tiger Tails

Two Methods:Pretzel tiger tailsTigger tail treats

Make a tasty tiger-striped treat. These treats look a little like tiger tails, hence the name. The Tigger treat is so named for its look of a "springy" tail, while the other treat is flatter, and hence more of a plain tiger's tail (not that tigers are ever really plain). Choose the recipe which you like the idea of most.


Pretzel tiger tails:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Orange-colored candy melts
  • Chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbs of butter

Tigger tail treats:
Make approximately 12 tiger tails:

  • 1 package of large marshmallows
  • 14-oz package of traditional caramels
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1/4 cup chocolate suitable for melting

Method 1
Pretzel tiger tails

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    Melt orange-colored candy melts in a microwave.
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    Dip a pretzel stick into the melted candy. Place it on wax paper.
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    In a separate bowl, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the microwave.
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    Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the now orange pretzel sticks to make stripes. Drizzle in a zigzag manner.
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    Allow to set. When set, they're ready to be served.

Method 2
Tigger tail treats

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    Place the sugar into a bowl. Add the orange food coloring in small amounts to gradually change the sugar to orange. Once it's orange, put it to one side.
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    Push the skewer through three marshmallows. Center the skewer each time, then push the marshmallows on to one end and keep them close together.
    • If the skewers are not already cut to size, do so now.
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    Place the caramels into the saucepan. Add two tablespoons of water and warm over medium heat. Stir constantly to prevent them from sticking as they melt. Keep on a low heat so that the mixture remains melted.
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    Make the tiger tails. It helps to arrange everything close together, to make the assembly process easy and quick.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Dip a marshmallow skewer into the caramel to coat. Spoon extra caramel over the top to ensure it's evenly covered. Hold the skewer over the pan to let excess caramel drip off.
    • Dip in the colored sugar to coat. Spoon extra on to ensure it is evenly covered.
    • Place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Repeat. Every now and then break up the sugar with a fork if it clumps together.
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    Add the tiger stripes to the dipped marshmallows. Melt the chocolate as instructed by the packaging. Transfer to a piping bag or a small resealable bag with one corner snipped off. Squeeze the melted chocolate down the length of each marshmallow skewer in a zigzag line.
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    Let the tiger tail treats cool down. Put aside for an hour or two.
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    Serve when set. Hold with the remaining end of the skewer and bite away!


  • You can find orange-colored candy melts in craft stores in the baking section.

Things You'll Need

Method 1:

  • 2 bowls
  • Wax paper
  • Measuring cups(1/2 cup and 1/2 tablespoon)
  • Microwave
  • Spoon

Method 2:

  • Large wooden skewers cut to 6 inches (15cm) and sharp ends removed
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Small resealable bag or a piping bag
  • Large heavy-based saucepan
  • Wooden spoon for mixing

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